Sea Pines Golf Resort, Los Osos, California Golf Review

Friday September 2, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

Sea Pines Golf Resort, Los Osos, Calfornia, golf,

Sea Pines Golf Resort Golf Course Review

Sea Pines Golf Resort – perfect for beginners

Sea Pines Golf Resort in Los Osos, California just outside of Morro Bay, is a neat, little tune up course and perfect for beginners. The par 31, nine hole course is a casual place to have a quick, laid back round with friends accompanied by a friendly, lenient pro-staff. The Sea Pines Golf Resort does a great job with all it has to offer, from deceptive greens, a forced carry and other water hazards, to picturesque views of Morro Rock and the Pacific Ocean. To have the opportunity to introduce your kids to golf on a modest little nine hole course in the central California sun is a chance you won’t  want to miss.

What are your favorite things to do in Los Osos, California?

If You Go:

Sea Pines Golf Resort 1.888.732.7463

1945 Solano Street
Los Osos, CA 93402


This review of Sea Pines Golf Resort is a guest post by Evan Brown. Evan is a high school student and avid golfer. Evan was a guest of Sea Pines Golf Resort.

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Photo courtesy of Sea Pines Golf Resort website.

Kigo Edge Footwear Travel Gear Review

Friday August 26, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 0 Comments

"Kigo" "Edge" "footwear" "Nancy D. Brown"

Kigo Edge travel gear review; slip-on footwear designed for active men and women

Kigo Edge footwear for active men and women

Imelda Marcos had a fascination with shoes. Lately, I have had an attraction to athletic footwear. I bonded with my personal butler in Los Cabos, Mexico, as we were both wearing our Sanuk surf sandals. My butler, when  not working at Marquis Los Cabos Resort, is a surfer. I, on the other hand, am a poser. I am a woman seeking comfortable, sporty-looking footwear.

Kigo lightweight footwear

Today, I find myself wearing Kigo footwear. I recently wore them to Curacao in the Dutch Caribbean. This Atlanta, Georgia-based company has its roots in Carbondale, Colorado; home to active outdoor sports enthusiasts. For myself, I was attracted to the Kigo Edge for its lightweight (five ounces per shoe) and comfortable fit. If I were a barefoot runner, which I am not, I imagine the Kigo shoe to be an attractive choice where footwear is required.

"Kigo Edge" "footwear" "Nancy D. Brown"

Kigo travel gear review; lightweight footwear for the active traveler

For the active traveler

Are you an active traveler looking for comfortable, breathable and lightweight footwear that packs flat and is easily worn through airport security lines? If the Kigo Edge fits – wear it! The shoe offers good traction on sail boats, is EPA approved water and stain resistant and features an anti-microbial removable EVA insole, good for river-rafting.

If you are interested in special sales or discounts, friend the company on Facebook or follow Kigo on Twitter.  You may also follow Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter for all things travel related.

"Kigo Edge footwear" "Curacao"

This Kigo Edge footwear traveled to Curacao in the Dutch Caribbean by land, sea and air

If You Go:

Pack your Kigo footwear. Priced at $69.99, the Kigo Edge packs flat and doesn’t take up much room. Better yet, wear your Kigo’s on the airplane. They slip on and off easily going through airport security and while you are seated on the airplane.

Kigo supplied me with this travel gear for review.

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Things to See and Do in Berkeley, California

Friday August 19, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 0 Comments

"Telegraph" "Berkeley"

There’s always something happening along Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue

Are you visiting Berkeley for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to
see and do in Bezerkeley.

When I have a visitor from out of town, I first take them to the Elmwood Cafe. It’s new. It’s old. It’s in my neighborhood. It’s owned and operated by Cafe Fanny veterans, so the attention to detail in the coffee and food is up to expectations. That’s where my peeps from out of town and I regroup and decide what to do next.

Berkeley cuisine

There is no such thing as typical Berkeley cuisine. The shear definition of Berkeley cuisine is that it is changing constantly. But there are probably two restaurants that scream Berkeley. One of which would satisfy any visitor from just about any place, and that would be Bette’s Oceanview Diner on 4th Street. The other one would be the famous Chez Panisse.

Bette’s, although upscale when it comes to the idea of a diner, is still affordable and the menu has something for everyone. Go for breakfast or lunch.

Chez Panisse is most affordable for lunch in the Cafe upstairs. Or go for tea or coffee and scones, just to say you’ve been to Alice Waters’ famous restaurant!

"Berkeley Rose Garden"

Berkeley Rose Garden – a good place to relax and unplug

Looking for a quiet place to escape and unplug? Check out these two places to unplug in Berkeley, both of them are in garden settings.

The UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens is halfway up Berkeley’s  Strawberry Canyon. Take Centennial Drive up the hill behind the Cal Stadium. I’ve both driven and walked it, but it is a hike. There is a small parking lot at the gardens. The gardens have samples of plants from all over the world, including a great collection of South African cyads that look like they came off the set of Lost in Space. There are benches strategically placed throughout the garden to sit and contemplate the landscape, and it’s a great place for a sandwich picnic. Check their web site before going, just because they feature special parts of the garden during the year.

"Berkeley Rose Garden"

Berkeley Rose Garden can be quite romantic

The Berkeley Rose Garden is less effort to see and can be quite romantic, in a Victorian sort of way, when the roses are in bloom. Grown in a tiered amphitheatre, the rose garden includes varieties from all over the world and is meticulously kept. Cordnices park across the street is a great place for a picnic if the weather is cooperating, and it’s connected to the Rose Garden via an underground tunnel.

"Sproul Hall" "Berkeley"

When you come to Berkeley, visit Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus

When you come to Berkeley, get your picture taken in front of Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus. History has been made here many times over.

Looking for cheap food in Berkeley? Go to the student area of Telegraph Avenue for the cheapest eats at lunch time and a wide variety of choices. There is something for everyone’s taste and on a student budget, all within four blocks of the University.

The best vantage points are taken by going to the top of the Campanile on the UC Berkeley campus.

The Berkeley Marina offers great sweeping views of the bay and is the best place to watch or experience the annual Berkeley Kite Festival.

In Berkeley, outdoor enthusiasts will want to hike up one of the many trails into the hills for the views of the San Francisco bay.

Looking for a little exercise? Walk along the paths at the Berkeley Marina for spectacular views of the Bay.

"Berkeley Art Museum"

The Berkeley Art Museum displays a wide range of work

If you are a museum lover, Berkeley’s best museum is The Berkeley Art Museum. It shows a wide range of work and often has interesting contemporary work in its MATRIX shows. and is home to The Pacific Film archive.

Enjoy a night out on the town? For a night of dancing, go to San Francisco. A night out in Berkeley is dinner and movie.

Berkeley is really not the place for late night dining.

The East Bay Express will keep you posted on what’s happening in Berkeley.

You can tell a lot about Berkeley from visiting – and people watching – at the Farmers’ Markets.


Hike the streets of Berkeley to experience the Wisteria in bloom

In the spring, if you are here in April, you should do some street hiking to experience all the Wisteria in full bloom!

In the summer you should attend a concert at the Greek Theatre.

Did you know that Berkeley is primarily known for its University and the University’s football team? Plan a visit to a game in the fall. The biggest one is when the CAL Bears take on  local rival Stanford.

Come to Berkeley for hot chocolate and to peruse the four floors of Moe’s bookstore in the winter, maybe timing it for an author event.


Insider Tip: Check out the often over-looked architecture of Berkeley. The city is known for it’s Arts & Crafts period homes and buildings, many designed by Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck. There are a few of them open to the public, like the Berkeley City Club, which is also a hotel. Another way to see Arts & Crafts period homes up close and personal is to scan the homes for sale in the Sunday paper and view them at Sunday Open Houses!

"Bernard Maybeck"

Architect Bernard Maybeck designed period homes and buildings in Berkeley

Go to Cafe Fanny for a great breakfast treat or coffee, and buy some bread for later in the day at the Acme Bakery next door.

Just outside of Berkeley you can visit Oakland and have lunch at one of the Taco Trucks in the Fruitvale neighborhood!

The best way to see Berkeley is to walk or ride a bike, but sites are really spread out here. If you are only going to be here for a day or two, having a car would be ideal.

Traveling with kids

Don’t miss the merry-go-round and the steam train in Tilden Park if you have kids traveling with you.

What are your favorite things to do in Berkeley, California?

Thanks to  artist-at-large Kimberly Kradel for assistance with this post.  All photos courtesy of Kimberly Kradel.

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